Weekend with: Stuart Waterman

Stuart Waterman
Stuart Waterman
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Stuart Waterman, 38, from Southsea is an administration manager at Action Stations in the Historic Dockyard. He is passionate about trains and enjoys spending time with his wife.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

My wife Emma and I had a short break in April where we stayed at Cricket St Thomas in Somerset. This was a joint Easter present from family members and with a baby on the way, it was the last chance for us to getaway as a couple as the hotel doesn’t allow children!

The last book you read?

My wife and I are expecting our first baby this month, so my last book was The Expectant Dad’s Handbook by Dean Beaumont, essential reading for any expectant dad wanting to do his homework. I’m an only child so I’ve not had a great deal of experience with babies and small children yet.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

The Inbetweeners 2 at the cinema. It was very funny and not for the faint-hearted. Definitely not one to take granny to! It was great fun and very childish, but entertaining and a film I’m glad I didn’t miss.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Anyone from the cast of Dr Who in case I get to be an extra in filming. Although with my luck, I would end up being the person killed off in the first scene. Seriously though, the acting icon David Jason would be another option as he always seems to have something funny to say and I grew up with Danger Mouse, Open All Hours and Porridge on the TV, so it would bring back a lot of happy childhood memories.

Where do you like to shop?

As a rule, I’m not a fan of shopping. I don’t mind it if we’re looking for something specific and we’re successful though. My favourite shop would have to be anything that sells model railways. I could spend hours in those sort of shops.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

A great day out would have to be Portsmouth Historic Dockyard because I work there. Although my personal choice would be a visit to the Isle of Wight steam railway. I never tire of steam trains and it’s a good excuse to get over to the island for a day trip. The ride on the ferry really feels like a break and, as much as I like Portsmouth, it is great to leave the city once in a while.

And what about a day trip further afield?

I took my wife to visit Highclere Castle recently where Downton Abbey is filmed. She’s a huge fan, so to see her face when visiting ‘Downton’ was priceless.

Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my wife, but my favourite hobby is building model railways. Unfortunately this is a rare treat as it takes up so much time and space, which I don’t have enough of.

Our house has a cellar, which I hope to convert into a usable room in the future, so maybe they can come out of the storage boxes one day. I’m also a Portsmouth Ambassador for the city and a volunteer for the Portsmouth Area Talking News for the blind and partially-sighted, so I try to help out there as much as I can.